Alien Activity in Antiquity

Ancient UFO Chronology

                                                          60 CE [AD] to 1271 CE.





UFOs have been around as long as humanity - perhaps longer. Our legends and folk lore will frequently refer to them as oracles, stars, and so forth. Their occupants as gods, angels, star people or sky people. Their trail goes deep into antiquity, this page covers the period 60 CE [AD] to 1271 CE.

60 CE

60 AD Scotland. A 'ship' was seen speeding across the night sky. [ [Our Brothers in the Skies: The Hidden Truth Revealed ]]

70 CE

Josephus, from "Jewish War" Book CXI, "On the 21st of May a demonic phantom of incredible size...for before sunset there appeared in the air over the whole country chariots and armed troops coursing through the clouds and surrounding the cities." [1]

80 CE

Scotland. Conrad Wolfhart, Lycothenes, a medieval writer reports, 'When the Roman emperor, Agricola was in Scotland, wondrous flames were seen in the skies over Caledon Wood, all one winter night. Everywhere the air burned, and on many nights, when the weather was serene, a ship was seen in the air moving fast.' [2]

98 CE

Rome. Conrad Wolfhart, Lycothenes, a medieval writer reports, 'At sunset, a burning shield passed over the sky at . It came sparkling from the west and passed over to the east.'

393 CE

"Strange lights were seen in the sky in the days of the Emperor Theodosius. On a sudden, a bright globe appeared at midnight and shone brilliantly near the daystar, (Venus). This globe shone little less brilliantly than the planet, and little by little, a great number of other glowing orbs drew near the first globe. The spectacle was like a swarm of bees flying around the beekeeper, and the light of these orbs was as if they were dashing violently against each other. They blended together into one awful flame, and bodied forth to the eye as a horrible two-edged sword. The strange globe, which was first seen now appeared like the pommel to a handle, and all the little orbs, fused with the first, shone as brilliantly as the first globe."

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398 CE

Byzantine Empire. 'A thing like a burning globe, presenting a sword, shown brilliantly in the sky over the city. It seemed almost to touch the earth from the zenith. Such a thing was never recorded to have been seen before by man.' [7]

664 CE

England Barking near the Thames. At a monastery a great light appeared in the sky at night and shone over nuns who were singing in the burial-ground. They reported that it lifted up, moved to the other side of the monastery, and then ascended into the night sky. Priests said the light surpassed the brightness of day.[7]

747 CE

China. Huge flame-breathing dragons were reported being seen in skies, accompanied by men in airships. [7]

763 CE

Meath County. While King Domnall Mac Murchada attended the fair at Teltown ships were seen in the air. [4]

776 CE

Charlemagne's castle at Sigiburg. As the Saxons were laying siege to the castle, flying shields that were reddish in color appeared in the sky and rained down fire on the attacking army.

810 CE

St. Gregory of Tours. "Alcuin, ... biographer of Charlemagne, states that on his way from Aachen, he saw a large sphere descend like lightning from the sky. It traveled from east to west and was so bright it made the monarch's horse rear up , Charlemagne fell and injured himself severely, he's dead in four more years" [3]

840 CE

840 France, Lyons. As he was coming out of the Cathedral Archbishop Abobard, saw a mob stoning three men and a woman alleged to have been seen alighting from a aerial ship. {Our Brothers in the Skies: The Hidden Truth Revealed Pg. 39}

919 CE

Hungary. An object like a flaming torch was seen in the sky, together with spheres which flew over giving out a brighter light than the stars.

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927 CE

France. "In the town of Verdun, like the whole eastern part of France, saw fiery armies appearing in the sky. ... they flew over eastern Reims on a Sunday morning in March. Similar phenomena happened several times under King Pepin the Short, under Charlemagne, under Louis I, the Debonair. These sovereigns capitularia mention penalties against creatures that travel on aerial ships." [5]

1015 CE

Two objects were seen 'giving birth' to smaller luminous spheres over Japan. [7]

1034 CE

Europe. A rare typeset book from 1493, contains what may be the earliest pictorial representation of a UFO. The book Liber Chronicarum, commonly known as the Nuremburg ChronicleNuremberg Chronicle describes a strange fiery sphere, seen in 1034, soaring through the sky in a straight course from south to east and then veering toward the setting sun. The illustration accompanying the account shows a cigar-shaped form haloed by flames, sailing through a blue sky over a green, rolling countryside. This may be the first work that contains actual illustrations of UFO's.



1133 CE

Japan. A large silvery disk is reported to have come close to the ground. [6]

1180 CE

Japan. A term equivalent to our words for "flying saucer" was actually used by the Japanese approximately 700 years before it came into use in the West. Ancient documents describe an unusual shining object seen in the night as a flying "earthenware vessel." The object, which had been heading northeast from a mountain in Kii province, changed its direction and vanished below the horizon, leaving a luminous trail. [Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers]

1235 CE

Japan. What might be called the first official investigation of a UFO sighting occurred in Japan in 1235. During the night while General Yoritsume and his army were encamped, mysterious lights were observed in the heavens. The lights were seen in the southwest for many hours, winging, circling and moving in loops. The general ordered a "full-scale scientific investigation" of these strange events. The report finally submitted to him has the "soothing" ring of many contemporary explanations offered for UFO phenomena. In essence it read: "the whole thing is completely natural, General. It is... only the wind making the stars sway." [8]

1239 CE

England: Matthew of Paris: 'On July 24 at dusk, but not when the stars came out, while the air was clear, serene and shining, a great star appeared. It was like a torch, rising from the south, and flying on both sides of it, there was emitted in the height of the sky a very great light. It turned quickly towards the north, not quickly, nor, indeed, with speed, but exactly as it wished to ascend to a place high in the air.' [9]

1271 CE

Japan. The Buddhist priest Nichiren was about to be beheaded at Tatsunokuchi, Kamakura, when there appeared in the sky an object like a full moon, shiny and bright. The officials panicked and the execution was cancelled. [10]




"Among all things that can be contemplated under the concavity of the heavens, nothing is seen that arouses the human spirit more, that ravishes the senses more, that horrifies more, that provocates more terror or admiration than the monsters, prodigies and abominations through which we see the works of nature inverted, mutilated and truncated. - The Signs of Man Pierre Boaistuan 1561